Masterclass sessions by the region’s Leading Minds at the Retail Congress MENA 2019

The “Retail Congress MENA 2019” organized by The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres & Retailers in association with the Dubai Association Centre, will be held from 27th– 29thof October at the Ritz Carlton Hotel – DIFC, Dubai, UAE

Dubai, 14thOctober 2019– Retail Congress MENA celebrates 26 years in the region as it continues to be the largest platform to network and explore business opportunities with shopping center industry, retailers, product and service providers within the retail industry. 

The Retail Congress kicks off on Sunday, 27thof October with masterclass sessions by industry experts. Prior to the 2-day conference, exhibition and networking, the council offers training to professionals on significant topics impacting the retail sector. The topics covered include the following: Using Blockchain & AI technology effectively in retail businessby Steffan Schaack– SVP, Drooms; Leadership trainingby Arthur Carmazzi– Author & Founder, Directive Communications; How the leaders in online and physical retail are using cutting-edge technologies by Scott Ellis– Retail Industry Lead, IBM ME; Connecting online & offline with customersby Kevin Doherty – Managing Director, Fitch; Q&A session with Keynote speaker David Rowan– Former Editor in Chief of Wired’s UK; and concluding with a power-packed session by Wail Al Balkhair– CEO, Sahat Property on lessons & wisdom from outdoor centre development in Makkah, KSA.

David Macadam – CEO, MECS+Rsays, “The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres +Retailers is not only the organizer of the largest Retail based Conference in the MENA region but we truly pride ourselves as being educators and mentors to the professionals in the retail and shopping mall industry. This year, the line up of sessions and discussions are conceptualized to engage, educate and offer guidance to the delegates of the conference!”

Other highlights of this year’s conference includeDeal Making sessions. Last year alone, there were more than 600+ successful meetings conducted at the Deal Making sessions. This year the council aims to exceed last year’sconnections. Current companies onboard the deal-makingsessions include – Salhia Real Estate Company, Tamdeen Group, Line Investments & Property LLC, Unified Real Estate Development Co., Landmark Group (Oasis Mall), Blachere Illumination, Yardi,  ASWAQ Management & Services and The Leisure Way. 

Delegates of the conference can expect 2 days of lively discussions and engaging presentations by globally renowned keynote speakers; David RowanFormer Editor in Chief of Wired’s UK;who is the author of Non– Bullshit innovations: Radicals from the World’s Smartest Minds (Transworld 2019), a global quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-leddisruption and the second Keynote speaker is Cate Trotter – Head of Trends from Insider Trends, LondonCate combines unique, powerful insights with solid data, presenting them in a no non sense way. She uses inspirational case studies to show how audiences can tap into these trends and get ahead.

Retail Congress MENA:

Date – 27th– 29thOctober 2019

Venue – Ritz Carlton Hotel, DIFC, Dubai, UAE

RETAIL CONGRESS MENA Proud Sponsors & Partners: 

Platinum Sponsors  – CELS Events & Afkar Lighting

Gold Sponsors  – Dalma Mall, Mall of Dilmunia, Salhia Real Estate, BackLite Media, Tamdeen Group, Red Sea Mall, Abdullah Al Othaim Investment Co. & Al Othaim Leisure & Tourism Co., Sahat Property Management Co., Line Investments & Property LLC andAswaq Management & Services 

Silver Sponsors – Unified Real Estate Development Company, Yardi, KINAN International Real Estate Development, Retail Emotions, Granada Investment Center Establishment,Al Hokair Group, ShopperTrak andBUZ Management and Marketing Consulting

Bronze Sponsors – JLL, Blachere Illuminations, Sharjah Investment andDevelopment Authority (Shurooq), Xpandretail powered by Savant, Dubai Retail, Retail Consulting Group, V- Count and Burj Nahar Mall 

Support Partners– Cityland, The Azdef Group & Azab Production, Crystal House Sharjah, Dhamani, Procurement+, Oleander, Careem, Pathfinder andSamha

Official AirlinePartner– Emirates 

Official Exhibition Contractor– Kingsmen Middle East

Technology Sponsor  – Hypermedia

Media Partners– Selfie TV, Trending Business Insights

Delegate Bag & Lanyard Sponsor – CELS Group

Delegate Badge Sponsor – Kinan

Gala Gift Sponsor – Real Oud Factory

Registration Partner – Nofa Solution

To register for Retail Congress MENA, please contact the MECS+R Office at +971 4 359 7909. 

To learn more about the Retail Congress MENA: Lea Venezuela, Director of MECS+R at +97143597909 or

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